New Case Maclaim Mural in Breda Honours Local Football Icon, 2021

German mural artist Case Maclaim has created a new mural in Breda, the Netherlands for Blind Walls Gallery.

Blind Walls Gallery is a city mural museum in Breda, and has curated close to a hundred murals that depict the stories of the city. International artists are invited to work on a growing collection of murals inspired by the past, present and future of Breda.

Case Maclaim was invited to paint a mural as a tribute to NAC supporter and clubicon Hein van Poppel, who volunteered for the local football club for many years.

Most people will remember Van Poppel as ‘the man of the corner flags’, as he collected the corner flags after ever match and made a show of it.

In the early eighties Van Poppel realised a football court in his neighbourhood of Westeind where many tournaments were held through the years. Therfore the ultimate spot for the mural was opposite the football court.

Several elements in the mural refer to Hein, NAC and the sense of unity that arose after realising the football court. Case Maclaim sketched a situation of a daughter resting on her father’s knees. The girl is exhausted after a day of playing, a reference to the football court. Case also incorporated the corner flags and the NAC-scarf Hein wore during his honorary match in 2013.

This mural was made possible by Alwel and the municipality of Breda.

Photo credit Edwin Wiekens



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